The ‘SPDP Five’: Are they rebels without a cause?

Posted on September 14, 2011


I’ve read in the online and mainstream media that words such as “rebels” and “traitors” have been used to describe the bunch of YBs in SPDP who are now popularly known as the ‘SPDP Five’.

Together with three other members of the party’s Supreme Council, they are also sometimes known as the ‘SPDP Eight’, and they have been accused by certain quarters within the party as “creating confusion” and “causing trouble”.

I have to admit that all I know about the saga of the SPDP Eight is what I’ve read in the mainstream and online media, so far.

Curiously, all the news and stories are coming only from one side…and that’s from the side of the President and the President’s men, and from the men of the President’s men.

Even pro-opposition types have come to the defence of “the most peaceful president” (that’s the description the President made about himself, as reported by The Borneo Post below), but these jokers naturally just want to stoke the flames of dissent and disunity (just want to ‘cucuk’ BN party members to fight against each other).

Well, the news now is that the Most Peaceful President no longer thinks the whole saga is a joke and that a limit has finally been reached where he’s ready to sack the five (or all eight) from the party!

In making the announcement, we can only assume that the Most Peaceful President, and more importantly the President’s men, have calculated the risks that they are taking by finally severing their ties to the SPDP Five.

After all, the SPDP Five will still be YBs even if they’re no longer members of SPDP…and who knows, the two Assistant Ministers may even be able to carry on being Assistant Ministers even if they no longer belonged to a Sarawak BN component party.

So, in a scenario where the SPDP Five becomes the Partyless Five, maybe it will be business-as-usual for the YBs for the next four years, until it’s time to once again contemplate their future, of course.

While for SPDP, without the SPDP Five, they’d officially have less Assistant Ministers and elected representatives than any other Sarawak BN component party.

But, I’m getting way ahead of myself, as usual.

We still need to wait for the party’s disciplinary committee to come up with their verdict, although I suspect the President’s men (and most of us) know what that verdict is likely to be.

In the meantime, I hope to find out what the real bone of contention of the SPDP Eight really has with the Most Peaceful President…and hopefully then we’ll know the true reason of why they insist on gnawing away at that particular bone.



How The Borneo Post boiled it:

SPDP crisis reaches boiling point

Posted on September 14, 2011, Wednesday

KUCHING: The so-called ‘SPDP Five’ have been referred to the Disciplinary Committee for failing to attend the party’s supreme council meeting for the past two years.

Party president Tan Sri William Mawan said this was decided by the Supreme Council during a meeting at party headquarters in Jalan Badruddin here yesterday.

The ‘SPDP Five’ are senior vice-president and Tasik Biru assemblyman Datuk Peter Nansian, vice-president and Marudi assemblyman Sylvester Entrie Muran, vice-president and Mas Gading MP Datuk Dr Tiki Lafe and two supreme council members – Bekenu assemblywoman Rosey Yunus and Batu Danau assemblyman Paulus Palu Gumbang.

The unanimous decision was made by 21 out of the 33 supreme council members, Mawan said, adding that the five persons were referred to the party’s disciplinary committee as they had “reached the party’s limit”.

Mawan said the five-member disciplinary committee was headed by Professor Dr Safiq Abdullah. They were not members of the supreme council.

He said the committee had been given two weeks to investigate the matter and to come up with a finding.

“The time has come. I thought it was a joke. But I, as the president have to put the party in order. There is a line nobody should cross. There is a limit to what you can do and cannot do in the party.

“This thing will never end and the party’s existence may be threatened and that discipline has been discarded. An individual or a group’s interest is subservient to party’s interest,” Mawan told a press conference here yesterday.

He also said that the actions of the five persons had caused confusion to the party.

“But let the due process takes its course. There is nothing personal here,” he said.

He, however, warned that the five persons could face expulsion from the party if they were found to have breached the party’s discipline.

But Mawan, who is Minister of Social Development and Urbanisation, was also quick to assert that he would not mind meeting with them to sort things out as he is “the most peaceful president”.

When asked why it took him two years to make such a drastic decision, Mawan said he had been liberal and democratic in his approach and had given the five persons plenty of time to come to their senses.

He added that the five would be informed of the outcome of the meeting.

Mawan also announced that the party had a new set of constitution which had been approved by the Registrar of Societies (ROS) “to bring better discipline and make the party stronger”.

The SPDP Five has started their ‘silent rebellion’ since the party’s last triennial general meeting (TGM) end of 2009.

Their main contention is that Mawan had not kept his promise to ‘keep the status quo’ in the party’s line-up that he announced before the TGM.

Meanwhile, when contacted, the SPDP Five refused to comment on the matter except to say that “they will cross the bridge when they reach it”.




An earlier story by The Borneo Post highlighting a member of SPDP Five:

‘SPDP 5’ not up to any tricks, says Nansian

Posted on June 13, 2011, Monday

SANTUBONG: Tasik Biru assemblyman Datuk Peter Nansian yesterday denied talks that the ‘SPDP Five’ will snub the party’s supreme council meeting on June 15.

Nansian, who is also SPDP senior vice president, however confirmed that he wouldn’t be attending because he had to attend an official function overseas from June 14-18.

“We (SPDP 5) do not have any intention to go against the party as well as the president (Tan Sri William Mawan Ikom) by not attending the meeting.

“I am very certain of wanting to attend the meeting (if not for the overseas assignment),” he said when met at a sports-related function here yesterday.

Mawan had revealed that the June 15 meeting would end all issues concerning the party’s performance in the April 16 polls.

Nansian said he believed Mawan would know what is best for the party.

Last May 26, the ‘SPDP Five’ held a press conference to express their concern about the deafening silence of Mawan after the state election.

The silence, absence of any clear direction and plan, according to the group, would leave the party open to attack by the opposition.

In the election, SPDP contested in eight constituencies but lost two.

The biggest upset was when its deputy president Datuk Peter Nyarok Entrie failed to retain Krian.

He lost to PKR’s new face Ali Biju by a 2,090-vote majority.

SPDP also failed to retain Ba Kelalan seat when its new face Willie Liau lost to state PKR liaison chief Baru Bian.